Camping On Lake Huron At Tawas Point State Park

H.O.M.E.S. Summer/ Lake Huron

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I hope you had a happy and safe July 4th.

The food! The sunshine! The fireworks! No wonder  we love the 4th of July  so much.DSCN1491

There is always a variety of things to do on 4th of July weekend. Many people  have family reunions, block parties or, attend some of the many festivals going on.

 I celebrated by camping in Tawas Point State Park with my grandkids, Tiler, Bree, Chase, and our friends, Denise, Ryan, Sam, Amber, Skyler, and Kenzie.

Yep, Denise and I were “those women with all the kids!”DSCN5827

We had 2 campsites, 2 vehicles, 3 tents, 4 kayaks, and 8 kids. No wonder we had   fun.

We had so much fun that, for the first time EVER, the park rangers had to have a talk with us!

I admit it was late. We were sitting around the campfire with all the kids, eating peanuts, and cutting up (I may have been the instigator but, I’ll never admit it) The park rangers came over and said, with a friendly smile,ranger_13_jeep_col-250x181 that we were making too much noise after quiet time. Woops!

Of course, after the rangers left, I blamed the kids for getting me in trouble. 😉

We went on with our “cutting up” but, we were careful to make less noise.

We had amazing weather! Warm days and cool nights. Perfect for tent camping!

If you haven’t visited Tawas Point State Park, you should. Once referred to as the Cap Cod of the midwest, Tawas Point State Park sits on the end of a sand pit that forms Tawas Bay.  The water is shallow and warm.Tawas Bay

 The campground is laid out with the convenience of the campers in mind. It has  paths that cut across the campground to the bathroom/shower buildings so you don’t have to walk all the way around.

There is a great recreational area with a playground, horseshoe pits, and a wide open area that we saw being used for baseball, soccer, frisbees, and good old fashioned games of  tag.DSCN5741

There are beautiful trails and birdwatching areas. Tawas Point  is  a resting area for birds on the Lake Huron flyway.  The Tawas Bird Festival is in the spring and coincides with the returning of the migratory birds.

We DSCN5722saw many birding enthusiasts sitting on the provided “decks” taking pictures of the many species of birds or,  just relaxing and enjoying the view.

Tawas Point State Park is the home to the Tawas Point Lighthouse.

The original lighthouse was commissioned in 1853 and sat at Ottawa Point.   The waves caused sand to build up at the point causing added land mass. Before long the lighthouse too far inland and the mariners on Lake Huron were unable to see the light.

I have always heard about erosion but, never before heard of land mass forming or, making.DSCN5707

The present lighthouse was built on the point in 1877.  It features a Fresnel lens, designed by French Engineer, Augistin Fresnel.  It is 1 of 70 that remain in the Untied States.  16 of the remaining lenses are on the Great Lakes,  8 are in Michigan. DSCN5711

Despite the fact that the point, which juts out into Lake Huron and helps create Tawas Bay, is a “making point, ” getting longer with time, the current lighthouse is still serving its purpose. The white light can be seen for 16 miles, and the red light, which marks  the entrance to the Bay, can be seen for 12 miles.

Ottawa Point was renamed Tawas Point, in 1902

Renovation of the lighthouse by The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Tawas Point State Park is ongoing.DSCN5763

For a few bucks, you can take the interesting  tour of the lighthouse and climb to the top. We did! What a view!DSCN5753

Our Tawas Point State Park campsites backed up to a wind break, a small wooded area between the campsites and the bay. A trail ran through the windbreak to a brushy beach.

We realized that the young trees and brush grew during a time, a few years ago, when the lakes were low and shore was farther out. Now that the water levels on Lake Huron are returning, (YEA!!!)  the new growth sits in the water. Although swimming behind our campsite was not ideal because of the brush, the bottom was solid sand and we could walk out beyond the brush to swim. There was also a swimming beach a short walk away. Despite the brush, we were  able to launch our kayaks from right behind our campsite. DSCN5703

DSCN5768Lake Huron was referred to as  La Mer Douce, the “sweet” or “fresh-water” sea.” French explorers later named the lake after the Huron people.

Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes, and the third largest freshwater lake in the world.

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It is 206 miles long and 183 miles wide. It has an average depth is 195 feet, with a maximum depth of 750 feet.

It has the longest shoreline of all of the Great Lakes due to it’s 30,000 Islands.

Below the surface of Lake Huron, there are more than 1000 shipwrecks,  9000-year-old animal- herding structures, and part of the Goderich Mine. The largest salt mine in the world.Lake Huron

I have enjoyed Lake Huron every time that I have camped on her shores. I think Lake Huron might be my favorite. Shhhhh, don’t tell the other Great Lakes! 😉

To view the fireworks, DSCN4058we decorated one of the Kayaks and the tube with glow sticks.  I paddled a short distance out into the bay, pulling the tube with the kids behind me. As we floated and watched the fireworks, I sang patriotic songs. I sang the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and This Land Is Your Land (is that the name of it?) I don’t know if the people who were gathered  on the beach to watch the fireworks, could hear me or not. I didn’t care, I was having a blast! I know  you are thinking that there must have been alcohol involved, right? Again, I admit nothing. 😉

Celebrating our country’s independence  should be a fun filled weekend, spent  with family and friends. We are celebrating being free!!

I feel blessed that I was able to spend the 2016 Fourth of July weekend with my family and friends camping on the Tawas Bay of Lake Huron, in such a nice state park. I definitely recommend visiting Tawas Point State Park to my family,to my friends, and to you!

I love hearing from you. Thanks for the messages!

Happy Camping,

Denise

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” If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.”

Aristotle

My Photos:

  • The featured photo is of the sunset on Tawas Bay of Lake Huron
  • The flag at Tawas Point lighthouse
  • Fireworks, St. John, Michigan 2014
  • My July 4, 2016, weekend campmates at the Tawas Point State Park sign.
  • Chase at the Tawas Point State Park playground
  • Bree and Sam at a bird watching station, Tawas Point State Park
  • Tawas Point lighthouse
  • Lighthouse information stand
  • Looking up at the lighthouse
  • Climbing to the top of the lighthouse
  • The shoreline behind our Tawas Point State Park campsite
  • Ryan, Sam, and Bree  kayaking on Tawas Bay at sunset
  • Kwaske fireworks, 2015
  • A picture of me taking pictures at Whitefish Bay, 2016

Links

http://www.michigan.gov.com

http://www.midnrreservations.com

www.buzzfeed.com

http://www.mynewwaterfronthome.com

http://www.michigandnr.com

http://www.tawasbirdfest.com

 

 

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